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October Update

And just like that, October is done. I have had a productive month, even if I haven’t done a great deal of writing.

Writing

I finished the first draft of Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. I am not even going to look at it again until well into the New Year. Despite it being a novella, I found it the most taxing book I have written. Having a nearly 9 year old and a 17 month old made sure of that. Only joking, however, mum duties always come first.

I have started handwriting something new. I am not setting deadlines, so I can take my own sweet time. All I can say is… watch this space.

Blogging

My Picture This series has continued through October. We’re over the half way point, with more scheduled until November 27th.

October marks the last month of Author Toolbox Blog Hop until January 2020. If you missed that post on the benefits of writing by hand you can find it here.

Reading

This month I have read just 2 short books. You can find the links here:

Bug Out Guy by Gavin Griffiths

The Woman Who Lost Her Face by NBC News

What’s Next?

With a holiday fast approaching, and then the festive season zooming around the corner, I am not setting goals in stone. All I can hope is to read and write a little more.

Obviously, my blog series will continue. November 27th is the date of the final episode. I am rethinking series and posts for 2020, so for the time being, I shall be thinking about a few Christmassy posts to write in November and schedule ahead of time to make December easier.


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September Update

So, September has shot by in the blink of an eye. My husband and I are another year older, my dad got remarried, and my daughter started another year in school.

Writing

I have been going at a snail’s pace in regards to my writing. Other stuff took priority this month. I’m not in a rush, so it’s no biggie. It’ll be written when it’s written, right?

Reading

I had the pleasure of beta reading Sarina Langer’s Blood of the Dragon. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for a review, but just know it is a fantastic 3rd book in the trilogy.

I am still reading Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, and my hope is to finish it in a week or so, and then get another novel under my belt before October is out.

Blogging

My Picture This series has officially started. It is bizarre to think that this is the last blog series of the year on Writerly Bookish Stuff. It ends on November 27th, and then I have some Christmas related posts to get us through December.

The final instalment of my First Draft series coincided with #authortoolboxbloghop, and I am pleased with how the series panned out. I hope you found some of my experiences useful.

What’s Next?

October is the final month of #authortoolboxbloghop this year. (Returns in January). I shall be posting October’s post on Monday 14th October.

I have some more posts planned for the Picture This series. Remember, you can join in and create your own interpretations of the prompts if you wish.

Finally, I do plan to write at least another 2k of Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. It might not sound a lot, but it’s progress in a busy month of adulting.


Thanks for journeying through September with me.


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The Final Blog Series of 2019

This sounds ominious considering it is only September, but fear not, the final series will start on September 25th and run for 10 weeks until November 27th. That leaves me free in December for Christmassy goodness.

The final series, that will be called Picture This, is a picture prompt related series as you, the readers, requested.

I will find 10 pictures that spark inspiration in me and write short stories based on them.


I hope you stick around for the next series. Feel free to join in and share your stories with me.

Also, please note that I will be sharing posts for #authortoolboxbloghop every 3rd Wednesday (excluding Nov and Dec). These posts are writing experience related.


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April Update

We’re already 2 days into May and I have only just remembered to post this update… Says it all.

May is busy for me. Like, super busy. My little boy turns one, but not before he is Christened. My daughter is dancing the Flora once again. If you have not heard of the Flora dance in Cornwall, google it! So, there is lots of organising for me to sort.

Anyway, I shall let you know how the month of April went…

Writing

As you may already know, I am a CampNaNo winner. Whoop! I wrote a small amount everyday to hit 6k words. I shall continue on with my small targets as this works well for me. I might start posting daily word counts to my Instagram stories.

Blogging

I’m well into my Character Interview posts. Yesterday’s post was an interview with a favourite of mine, Adam Lovick. I hope you are enjoying the posts and getting to know my characters some more.

I haven’t even started looking at the next series, yet. I usually like to schedule ahead of time, but I’m barely getting current blog posts live on time. That’s just life I guess.

Reading

I read nothing! Zilch! I reckon that is a first for me. With NaNo and adulting, reading came last. I’m a bed time reader, but during April I was falling into bed like a zombie.

My current read is Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. I might save it for the summer and crack on with some non fiction in May.

Coming Up

There will be a blog post next week explaining a little idea I’m deciding on to do with how I edit. Stay tuned.


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CampNaNo Update #3

I am two days late posting this because it has just been one of those bank holiday weekends. I didn’t have time to write anything, let alone post blog posts. My littlest had a temperature and my eldest needed entertaining. Adulting and parenting took priority.

That being said, I still hit my targets. Small and manageable is the way forward for me, and the day I did a little extra covered me for Sunday’s absence. I’m on my way to 6k words. As it is a novella, 6k words is a huge chunk and a lot of story happens within those words. It’s great knowing a little input is wielding big results.

My word count for this week is:

1,315 words

That’s a total of:

4,613 words


Remember today is a double blog post day. My teaser Tuesday post will go live shortly.


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CampNaNo Update #1

We’re one week into NaNo, and I am on target. I had a hectic day on Friday, so I gave myself a day off from writing and did double on Saturday. I’ve already had a twenty minute writing session this morning, so this week is officially done and dusted for me.

I haven’t been very interactive in my cabin, but I simply only have time to get my few words written in the morning before adulting takes over.

My target is 6k words in a month.

My weekly word count was:

1,991 words

Next week, I have some fun chapters to write and an eccentric character to expand. Fingers crossed the words flow.


Keep your eyes peeled on Tuesday for my Teaser Tuesday post and a snippet from this week’s writing.


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March Update

March has been a strange one. On a personal front, I have been productive. Lots of things have been planned and organised, and we’re steaming ahead into spring. My writing, however, has floundered yet again.

Writing

Floundered is the right word. I feel like I’m treading water – badly – with my WIP, Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. (If you missed the title reveal, that is what it will be called.)

It’s not that I don’t know where I want to take it, but that I have been fixing a plot hole before CampNaNo starts on April 1st. I think I’ve been slacking with the writing because I know I have the motivation of NaNo to come.

Reading

This month I finished one book, and I am half way through another. I buddy read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with Sarina Langer and Alyssa Victoria. We all gave it 5*. It is such an important book, and I highly recommend it.

Find my review here.

Blog

I have announced all three of my remaining blog series for 2019. Of course, it’s with thanks to those of you who got in touch with ideas on what you wanted to see.

First up, is the character interview series starting on April 10th. This will run for ten weeks.

Then, we will have a series all about writing the first draft, followed up with a picture prompt series.

CampNaNo

Yes, I signed up despite being adamant I wasn’t going to. I need the motivation, and I have joined a cabin of writer friends to hold me accountable. I shall post weekly updates on a Sunday about my NaNo journey.


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